November 18, 2017

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Archives for January 2017

A word from Bertha

“In times like these Resistance means remembering every day the widespread suffering of innocent men, women, and children near and far, and helping now. It means bearing in daily remembrance all those who have recently laid down their lives in hope. It means a new sense of world brotherhood—and the will to express it. In […]

Fantasy BoB Commences & Pairing Reveal

From Roxanne: In the past few years, some of our (Monica’s and my) students participated as Kid Commentators and shared with all BoB followers their exhilaration when the Judges agreed with them and their bitter disappointment when they found a particular decision out of sync with their love for one title over the other.  These young […]

So You’re a Librarian (or Library), What Do You Do Now? Librarianing in the Time of Political Turmoil

Sometimes inspiration comes in the strangest moments. Yesterday on Twitter I was thinking about what it means to me now to be a librarian. So I started tweeting and ended up with a long string of tweets highlighting the things that I think we – and that we includes me – can do now in […]

Book Review: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

Publisher’s description The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory—something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. […]

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor | SLJ Review

O’CONNOR, George. Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt. illus. by George O’Connor. 80p. (Olympians: Bk. 9). bibliog. further reading. notes. First Second. Jan. 2017. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781626725225. POP

Gr 4-8 –With the latest in his series of books focused on the Greek deities, O’Connor brings to life the goddess of the hunt. Various individuals share anecdotes, weaving a nuanced portrait of Artemis: formidable, quick-witted, occasionally cruel, yet always deeply devoted to the natural world and intensely protective of […]

New York Times to Eliminate Graphic Novels Best Seller List

Thursday’s news of the shrinking of the New York Times graphic novel best seller lists was quickly eclipsed by other events in the news. So, in case you missed it, New York Times Book Review editor, Pamela Paul, announced that a number of the New York Times best seller lists will be discontinued. Among the […]

“Lunar Chronicles” Goes Graphic: Marissa Meyer on “Wires and Nerve”

After five books, a short story collection, and a coloring book, Marissa Meyer decided to expand the sci-fi series with a graphic novel, Wires and Nerve.

Grand Knowing You

It’s been grand knowing you Grand knowing you Grand being your friend. You’ve been kind, loyal, and so generous Right down to the end. Please don’t grieve watching me leave That would be much too painful to stand. It’s been fun Now I must run But it’s been grand, perfectly grand! After much careful thought […]

Book Review: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Publisher’s description Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex. No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual—even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes […]

Notes on January 2017

In January . . . . . . my pants reviewed a book. But it all made sense.  . . . we tried to name book covers made out of LEGOs Some were pretty tricky. In case you were wondering, this is the cover of MARCH BOOK 3 right now. #alamw17 #alayma https://t.co/o7oUIO7RRg pic.twitter.com/cR3vkmdDeP — […]

Outstanding International Books: Presenting the 2017 USBBY Selections

This is the 12th annual Outstanding International Books list selected for the United States Board on Books for Young People by a committee of librarians, educators, and children’s literature specialists.

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STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

Middle School Monday: What We Say—and Don’t Say—Matters

Our students are listening to us. Being neutral—or quiet—is also being registered by our students. They are noticing what we say. What we do. They also notice the silence. Every one of us is on a different spot on our journey of cultural competency.* I was thinking this weekend about what is going on in […]

Cover Reveal: 27 HOURS by Tristina Wright

  Today we’re happy to be taking part in the cover reveal of Tristina Wright’s 27 HOURS (THE NIGHTSIDE SAGA #1). 27 Hours will be available October 3, 2017 and is published by Entangled Teen.   Check out that gorgeous cover!        Book Description:  Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him […]

MySimpleShow for explaining (and my first story)

Looking for a simple (and free) explainer video creator?  One of my recent discoveries is MySimpleShow. Write a script or upload a little PowerPoint (up to 20 slides) and tell your story cut-out, explainer style. This is an effective tool for writing across the curriculum as well as creating instruction. MySimpleShow offers writers a range […]

Just in time for Presidents’ Day!

I was wondering over on Facebook last week about what a series biography of our 45th president might look like, and my prayers have been answered. AS IF. But there is a new biography of Trump and I thought you all would want to know about it. Written by Diane Marczely Gimpel and published by […]

2017 Geisel Winner: We Are Growing!

We Are Growing! (An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book) 2017 Geisel Award Winner Written by Laurie Keller; Illustrated by Laurie Keller Published by Hyperion, 2016 ISBN 978-148472635-8   Book Review Bam! Whee! Zap! Beep! Honk! With each sound and exclamation, a different blade of grass grows. Amazed at each other’s sudden growth spurt, the […]

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin | SLJ Audio Review

LIN, Grace. When the Sea Turned to Silver. 6 CDs. 7:37 hrs. Hachette Audio. Oct. 2016. $24. ISBN 9781478912538. digital download.

Gr 4-6– In this companion novel to When the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, the Black Tortoise of Winter’s chilly grip hasn’t stopped villagers from trekking up the mountain to hear tales from Amah the Storyteller. Upon their arrival, Pinmei, Amah’s granddaughter, hides in the shadows and listens. Life abruptly unravels when the […]

Personal Favorites We Had To Leave Out

   We start discussing possible contenders in July, but begin reading much earlier. In fact we’ve already got some ideas for next year’s battle. In the fall, things rev up and our gdoc fills up with individual nominees and each of our comments on them. As three passionate individuals we feel strongly about our favorites […]